"[Atta Kim's] later and most notable series of works have been exhibited as full color, large scale prints: The Museum Project, which depicts people "preserved" within Plexiglas cases placed in various settings, and ON-AIR, which uses long exposures and image compositing to make individual people and objects dissolve. Kim's work has been heavily influenced by Zen Buddhist concepts of interconnectedness and transience, and he commonly uses Buddhist iconography...
Kim has described his photographs as merely "byproducts" of his attempt at a personal philosophy. He cites inspiration from the concept of interconnectedness in Zen Buddhism, the focus on temporal existence in the writings of German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889–1976), and the teachings of the Russian-Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff (1872–1949) on transcendence. Kim is careful to explain that he is not a practicing Buddhist, despite the prevalence of Buddhist iconography and concepts in his work."
Article by NY Times on his long-term exposures: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/12/arts/design/12atta.html
Atta Kim is a famous South Korean American artist, yet many of the websites featuring his work are down. (Government conspiracy, much?) However, I wanted to include his work from Grain of Emptiness because he works explicity with time through long-term exposures. Ironically, through this method the longer his exposures are, the more impermanent he makes time seem as people fade away. The time experiences by their eye is not even close to the eye of the camera. It makes me think of time experienced by beings of different heartbeats. A whale's heart beats five times every minute, where a hummingbird's heart beats 1,200 times per minute. Who has the longer life?
Drawing with Nature (non-doing, receptivity)
For me, this series of work is less about the final product and more about the process. I don't care much for the final pieces, but I love seeing video of the white canvas outdoors. The light and shadows move over the canvas throughout the course of the day. These compositions are what I enjoy the most. The canvas is as receptive as the surface of a lake, bringing to our attention the beauty of time experienced in nature.
ON-AIR Series & The Truth of Being is Disappearance (Impermanence and notions of eternal)
Of course, I'm interested in these works! I also use long exposures to discuss notions of time, but with a different idea. Kim wants to show us there is something that lives much longer than us. The buildings stay still and come through in the photograph, but with such an open shutter speed it cannot possibly capture any movement. The movement of cars and people totally disappear to show the impermanence and insignificance of our busy lives - I especially think this is true given he is taking the photographs in urban areas.